As has become tradition, the Becher Villa Interactive Gallery in Karlovy Vary will be transformed into the Barrandov Studios’ Villa during the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. From the 3rd to the 11th of July, it will host a number of programmes for both the general as well as the professional public. Some of the scheduled events include an exclusive discussion with special guest Rustam Ibragimbekov, who has been the screenwriter for many of Nikita Michalkov’s films, and the opening of the exhibition The Magic Worlds of Karel Zeman.

June 29, 2015 - This year’s main attraction at the Barrandov Studios’ Villa is the series of discussions with film professionals that will be open to the general public. For example, visitors will have the opportunity to talk with Rustam Ibragimbekov, who was the screenwriter for Nikita Michalkov’s films Burnt by the Sun and Barber of Siberia. (Barrandov Studios was the co-producer for the latter project.) The designer Michaela Hořejší will reveal the secrets of costume design though examples. The topic of film sets will be covered by the well-know film architect Jindřich Kočí. The special effects expert Boris Masník, who has worked on hits like Chobotnice z druhého patra (The Octopuses from the Second Floor) will explain both traditional special effects as well as how digital post-production is used today. “I would like to invite all film lovers from the general public, not just professionals. The lectures are free and you do not need festival accreditation”, says Petr Tichý, Vice-Chair of the Barrandov Studios’ Board of Directors. You will find a detailed programme schedule at the end of this press release.  

On 4 July, the interactive exhibition presenting the magical worlds of the visionary director Karel Zeman will open its doors to the public. The original costumes displayed at the exhibition, as well as the interactive elements evoking the creations of Karel Zeman, are accompanied by photographs and other documents from film archives. “Our Costumes and Props Department has kept dozens of the costumes that were created for Zeman’s film. Our effort to share them with the public has led to our long-term cooperation with the Karel Zeman Museum, which is also our partner for this exhibition,” explains Věra Krátká, Head of the Barrandov Costumes and Props Department. An Art Nouveau style cafe will be open in the exhibition space for the full duration of the Karlovy Vary IFF. Visitors will also have the opportunity to once again enjoy the popular costume photo studio, this time using various costume accessories and a set inspired by the creations of Karel Zeman. The exhibition will remain open to the public until the end of this August.